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Keokuk remains adamant it will not sign the proposed agreement to extend the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). But, it is confident that action taken Thursday night will show the other members of the dispatch center that Keokuk wants to remain a member.

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Diana Fincher-Smith took over as the director of LeeComm in 2012. She said during the past four years, she has tried to create an atmosphere of fairness and equality for the people working at Lee County's centralized emergency dispatch center.

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A judge has dropped one of the two felony charges filed against the head of the Green Bay Levee and Drainage District in southeast Iowa. District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson said this month that the statute of limitations had expired on the charge of Theft in the First Degree against Mike Pieper.

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Paul Roos has been working for years to get his company off the ground in Keokuk. It now appears his efforts are paying off because AMJET Turbine Systems has nearly completed construction of its first hydro-electric turbine.

The merger of two banks and two insurance companies in southeast Iowa could be completed by late 2016. Matt Morris, President/CEO of Fort Madison Bank & Trust, said the move will be good for the region.

It appears Lee County taxpayers will be on the hook for about 25% of the legal fees resulting from the defense of three county supervisors against a recent lawsuit.  The supervisors were accused by several Keokuk residents of violating Iowa's Open  Meetings Act multiple times.

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Mary Van Pelt of Montrose and Al Nelson of Keokuk are regulars at the weekly Lee County Board of Supervisors meetings. They were on opposite sides of the debate over the idea of having a single county seat, but that appears to be behind them as they came together to host a pair of "taxpayer forums" that they both are calling a success.

A former member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors -- who was accused of participating in illegal secret meetings when he served on the board -- wants the county to recoup the money spent in his defense following the dismissal of a lawsuit against him. Ernie Schiller said the actions of the people who filed the lawsuit will end up costing taxpayers money at a time when the county budget is tight.

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Several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are no longer being sued  for allegedly violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services announced in late June that it would be canceling a series of employee contracts connected to the drug courts in Fort Madison and Ottumwa to help close a roughly $265,000 budget shortfall.

But on July 2, Lee County's weekly Drug Court looked no different than it had during any previous session.

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Chairman Ron Fedler used this week's Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver the message to county residents that the Board is not responsible for every decision in county government.

Future of Lee County's Emergency Dispatch Center Debated

Jun 23, 2015
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Some big questions must be answered about the future of Lee County's combined emergency dispatch center. The agreement that created LeeComm expires next summer and there are concerns it will not be renewed.

Residents of south Lee County now have a much shorter drive to make to renew their driver's licenses.  County Treasurer Chris Spann has reopened the driver's license bureau in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Lee County paid nearly $50,000 last year to upgrade the sanitary sewer system in the unincorporated community of Argyle. The county was hopeful the money could be recouped through a lawsuit, but it doesn't appear that will be happening.

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The Lee County Sheriff's Office is expected to assume control of law enforcement duties in Donnellson following the resignation of the city's police chief. William Sackett stepped down two days after being arrested for domestic violence.

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The head of Iowa's economic development agency said she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and the people who are overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County that recently issued layoffs.

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Iowa Fertilizer Company hopes to complete its roughly $2-billion plant near Wever in the coming months.  The ongoing construction, though, has resulted in a lawsuit against the company.

A former Lee County employee has once again asked the Iowa Supreme Court to examine his wrongful termination lawsuit.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors is already seeing emergence of a worrisome budget trend for next fiscal year.

Elected leaders in Lee County are now in line for significant salary increases this summer.

A hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 to determine where a lawsuit filed against several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors will be heard.

The most controversial aspect of the reorganization of four Lee County departments in mid-2011 could soon be reversed.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided Lee County with a lengthy checklist for security improvements at five of its buildings.

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Lee County is putting out the help wanted sign.

Three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are accused of violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors may take a closer look at some existing county buildings before taking any action towards a controversial topic.

The head of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is ready to move ahead with a vote on one county seat.

The 300-page pre-disaster mitigation plan, which has received county approval, took more than a year to develop.

The non-profit Foundation in Lee County awarded $95,000 in grants to 20 of the county's non-profit organizations.

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West Point's Shuck Fest kicked off the annual Sweet Corn Festival Wednesday night.

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